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Fri Nov 9, 2018, 04:28 AM

Keystone XL Pipeline Construction Blocked by Federal Judge

Source: NYT

A federal judge in Montana on Thursday blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to allow the State Department to provide a fuller explanation of how the 1,184-mile project would affect the environment.

The judge, Brian M. Morris of the District of Montana, criticized the Trump administration for its failure to provide a “reasoned explanation” for its position about the pipeline’s impact on the climate. Construction could have begun as early as next year.

“The Department instead simply discarded prior factual findings related to climate change to support its course reversal,” Judge Morris wrote in his decision.

Environmental and Native American groups that have fought the pipeline called Judge Morris’s ruling a major victory and a setback for the Trump administration’s environmental and energy policies.



Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/us/politics/keystone-xl-pipeline-blocked.html

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Fri Nov 9, 2018, 05:15 AM

1. Mahalo Judge Brian M Morris!

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Fri Nov 9, 2018, 06:16 AM

2. Some quick history on this judge

He had been recommended by then-Senator Max Baucus and like the rest of Obama's appointees, were being blocked by the GOP. He was part of the pile who were finally moved forward for consideration after Harry Reid was able to get the rules change ("nuclear option" ) so that cloture only required a majority vote (vs 60 votes) and Morris' final confirmation vote was moved forward with 57 votes -

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/s265

http://swampland.time.com/2013/12/11/senate-pulls-all-nighter-on-post-nuclear-nominations/

https://helenair.com/news/local/brian-morris-sworn-in-as-federal-judge/article_f03bcd98-687a-11e3-aa58-001a4bcf887a.html

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Fri Nov 9, 2018, 07:39 AM

3. It appears that he is a a member of the ABA (American Bar Association)

and not from the Koch backed and funded Federalist Society, and he believes in the rule of law and the Constitution, than an organization, that likes serial liar and drunk on the bench..................................


Wado-------------------Thank you Judge Morris ..................

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